The New York Mets will conclude its three-game series with the Chicago Cubs and their amazing first half of the 2012 MLB season Sunday at Citi Field (1:10 p.m. on SNY). The Mets (46-39) will turn to rookie Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35 ERA) to complete their surprising first half on a good note as he opposes the Cubs' Ryan Dempster (3-3, 2.11 ERA), who makes his return from the disable list.
The three-game slate is currently tied at a game apiece, as last-place Chicago (32-52) took Game 1, 8-7, on Friday but lost Saturday, 3-1. A victory Sunday would help the Mets earn a season-series split with the Cubs, who enters the contest taking three of five games against New York.
After Sunday's game, the Mets could enter the MLB's All-Star Break in second place in the NL East Division standings, which feature New York just 4 1/2 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals and a 1/2-game ahead of the third-place Atlanta Braves.
The Cubs, however, are tied with the league's worst record.